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vrijdag 18 mei 2018

Kilauea

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has been very active lately.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • causing chaos - making chaos happen
  • a slow-moving flow - a large area of lava or mud that is moving slowly
  • molten rock - rock that is melted by heat and moves like water
  • magma - hot liquid rock below the surface of the earth
  • to solidify - to become solid, compact, or hard
  • continuously - all the time without a stop
  • to drain out - to flow or move out of something
  • Hawaii locals - people who live on Hawaii
  • footage - scenes or action recorded on film or video
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How hot is the lava?

  2. The lava is moving slowly. What is the positive side of that?

  3. What type of volcano is Kilauea?

  4. Since which year has Kilauea almost continuously been erupting?

  5. Why could the situation get more dangerous when all the lava flows out of the volcano?

vrijdag 11 mei 2018

Ice Cream Anyone?

The sun’s out, summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time for ice cream. Fans of the most classic flavour may be in for a disappointment though.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to indulge - to allow yourself to have or do something as a special pleasure
  • key ingredient - very important ingredient
  • texture - the way that a food or drink feels in your mouth
  • valuable commodity - article of trade that is worth a lot of money
  • the price has eased - the price has gone down
  • how the harvest fares - how the harvest is doing
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What is the main news about ice cream?

  2. How does this news affect some ice-cream shops?

  3. Where does most of the world’s vanilla grow?

  4. Why has vanilla become so expensive?

  5. What is more expensive: vanilla or silver?

vrijdag 4 mei 2018

The Air We Breathe

The World Health Organization just released a new study on the quality of air worldwide.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • polluted - dirty and not safe or suitable to use
  • the vast majority of the global population - by far the most people on earth
  • pollutants - substance that make land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use
  • charcoal - a hard black material that is made by burning wood with a small amount of air
  • wood and charcoal power stoves - devices that burn wood or charcoal for heating or cooking
  • the upside - the positive part
  • comprehensive - including most or all things
  • toxic - containing poisonous substances [giftig]
  • condition - a sickness or disease that a person has for a long time
First read the assignment. Click on the image to watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name the two continents with the worst air pollution.

  2. Name sources of indoor air pollution.

  3. Name the upside of the study.

  4. How many people die each year from air pollution?

  5. Which conditions can be caused by air pollution? Name three.

vrijdag 13 april 2018

Who Owns Your Data?

Some people are saying it’s time we logged-off Facebook for good. Maybe even to quit all social media. Is it?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • hopelessly addicted to social media - having an unusually great need to be active on social media
  • to target ads at someone - to show specific ads only that will interest the intended viewer
  • inappropriately - in a wrong or unsuitable way
  • to influence the outcome - to make little, indirect changes that will have an effect on the result
  • bigwigs - powerful or important people
  • to brag - to talk about yourself and what you’re doing in a way that shows too much pride
  • to sway - to persuade others to agree with you or share your opinion
  • to take a tumble - to fall suddenly to a lower level
  • to get something out of something - to enjoy something or think something is really useful
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What type of personal information do social media sites collect about us?
    Name two or more examples.

  2. Explain why it matter that social media companies have all this information about you.

  3. How did Cambridge Analytica collect so much personal information about users?

  4. According to the video, should you delete your social media accounts?

  5. Explain what the final sentence means in your own words:
    “So whatever you get out of using social media, just remember, chances are it’s getting just as much out of you.”


vrijdag 6 april 2018

Something to Chew On

22 April is International Earth Day. This year, the focus is on ending plastic pollution. British designer Anna Bullus has the same focus. She is on a mission to recycle chewing gum.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to obtain - to get
  • petrochemicals - chemicals that are made from petroleum or natural gas
  • bins - a can for trash or garbage
  • dedicated - used only for one particular purpose
  • to persuade - to make someone do or believe something by giving good reasons
  • scheme - an official plan or programme
  • to process - to prepare something and change it from one form into another
  • to mould - to form or press something that is soft into a particular shape
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What is the most common litter in the UK?

  2. Name the main ingredient of chewing gum.

  3. Anna created bins specially for disposing of gum. What are these bins made of?

  4. What happens with the recycled gum?

  5. What effect can right design have according to Anna?

vrijdag 30 maart 2018

Daffodils

Spring is in the air, daffodils are bursting open. “Daffodils” is also one of the most famous poems in the English language. It was written by William Wordsworth, an important English Romantic poet. The official title of the poem is: “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • daffodil - a yellow flower that blooms in the spring and that has a center that is shaped like a long tube (also see picture below)
  • to wander - to walk around in a relaxed way
  • margin - the edge of something
  • at a glance - with a quick look
  • to outdo - to do better than someone or something else
  • glee - joy
  • jocund - happy, cheerful
  • pensive - thoughtful and serious
  • bliss - complete happiness
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



You can read the poem here.
  1. Can the tone of the poem be best described as: angry, comic, joyful, or sad?

  2. What is the narrator’s mood in the first lines and how does it change when he/she sees the daffodils?

  3. What is the connection between the daffodils and the twinkling stars?

  4. In the last lines (1:20 in the video), how does the memory of the daffodils change the narrator’s mood?

  5. Does the poem suggest that loneliness is a good thing or a bad thing?
    Explain your answer.

Extra words assignment
  1. The cloud “floats on high o'er vales and hills”.
    Explain what the underlined expression means.

  2. Wordsworth uses all sorts of “happy” words.
    Write down all the happy words you recognize.


vrijdag 23 maart 2018

March for Our Lives

"The March for Our Lives" on March 24, 2018 was organised after last month's school shooting in Florida. In this shooting 17 students and teachers were killed with an automatic rifle.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • assault rifle - a gun that can shoot many bullets quickly
  • campaigner - a person who does all kinds of activities to reach a particular result
  • banned - forbidden
  • devastated - very shocked
  • stance - opinion
  • to reinforce - to make stronger
  • to exercise your rights - to make use of your rights
  • to voice your opinions - to say out loud what you think of something
  • restrictions - rules that give people less freedom in having or doing specific things
  • comprehensive - including a lot of things
  • high-capacity magazines - magazines (magazijnen) that can hold more than the standard number of rounds (patronen)
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How do the teenagers in the video use guns?

  2. What effect has the recent school shooting had on their stance on guns?

  3. Are they planning to join the other students in the march?

  4. Which actions for better gun control do they support?

  5. What good could “a good guy with a gun” do?

vrijdag 16 maart 2018

School Walkout

On 14 March, thousands of students across America walked out on classes.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • massacre - the violent killing of many people
  • fallen friends - friends that have been killed
  • change is achievable - it is possible to make things change
  • to deliver change - to make change happen
  • to face massive obstacles - to meet big problems and such that make it difficult to do something
  • gun lobby - a group of people who argue for the right of all people to own a gun
  • potent message - very powerful message
  • electoral power - power to make your voice heard by voting
  • defiance - brave resistance against an authority
  • decision-makers - people who influence and make decisions
  • clamour for change - loud or strong demand for change
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Why did students walk out of schools across the country?

  2. What happened in Colombine, Colorado?

  3. The students sat in silence for 17 minutes. Why 17 minutes?

  4. Which obstacles do the students face?

  5. Complete the students’ message: Enough ...

vrijdag 9 maart 2018

Achoo!

What to do about this nasty flu? Kat will tell you.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • perky - lively
  • to cough - to force air through your throat with a short, loud noise because you are sick
  • like wildfire - very quickly
  • cesspool - a place or situation that is very dirty or evil
  • germs - very small living things that cause diseases
  • to cuss - to say angry and offensive words
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How can you get the flu?

  2. Name 3 things you should do to beat the flu.

  3. Why should you sneeze in your sleeve?

vrijdag 2 maart 2018

The Beast from the East

It’s cold all over Europe. The cold weather is coming from Siberia. It is called: "The Beast from the East". Gavin in Scotland doesn’t mind.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to remember - to know something from earlier, to have earlier information in your mind
  • to pretend - to act as if something is true when it is not true
  • bit - part or piece of something
  • to stick to what you know - to only do what you already know and not try something new
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. When was the last time that Gavin built snowman?

  2. Does Gavin know how to build a snowman?

  3. Gavin decides to stick to what he knows. What does he already know how to do?

Extra listening and writing assignment
  1. Watch the video once more.
  2. Listen carefully at 1:16. What does Gavin say?
  3. Write the comment Gavin is asking for.

vrijdag 9 februari 2018

Time to Come Clean

How often do you clean your phone? Is it even necessary? Katie wants to find out.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • bugs - very small insects; also: bacteria
  • toilet seat - "wc-bril"
  • to hang out - to spend time relaxing, talking or doing fun stuff
  • manky - dirty
  • special gadget - small, useful tool or machine
  • gross - very disgusting; very unpleasant
  • harmful - dangerous; causing damage
  • squeaky-clean - completely clean
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What do toilet seats have to do with phones?

  2. Name 3 things many people do at the same time as using their phones.

  3. Name the 3 categories of phone dirtiness.

  4. Are all bugs on your phone harmful?

  5. How many of the kids have clean phones?

  6. Whose phone is dirtier: Katie’s or Mr O’Callahan’s?

Extra speaking assignment
Explain in your own words how Mr O’Callahan’s special gadget works.

vrijdag 2 februari 2018

Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are about to begin. Nigeria will be represented with a bobsleigh team. Find out more about their preparations in the video (Listening B2).

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • fearless - not afraid, very brave
  • to live life on the edge - to deal with many dangerous situations and take many risks in life
  • lapse - a short moment when you forget to focus and make a mistake
  • distraction - something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention
  • empowering - making you more confident, making you feel that you are in control of your life
  • non-existent - not present, not existing
  • to sacrifice - to give things up in order to get something else
First read the assignment. Next watch the video (Listening B2). Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name the 3 things you need to be a successful bobsleigh driver.

  2. Seun Adigun, the captain of Team Nigeria, says: “I’m a natural competitor.”
    Explain what this means.

  3. What is the social life of the bobsleigh team members like?

  4. How much money did the team need to get to their goal?

  5. What did the girls do to save extra money?

Extra background (video - Listening B1)
Meet the team members here.

vrijdag 26 januari 2018

Plastic Fantastic?

Plastic: Once a miracle invention, today increasingly seen as a problem. It’s one of the talking points at the current World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. How now?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • talking point - a particular subject, idea, etc., that is part of a discussion
  • single-use plastic - plastic that is used only one time and then thrown away
  • to cause serious issues - to make serious problems happen
  • landfill sites - areas where waste is buried under the ground
  • litter - things that have been thrown away and that are lying on the ground in a public place
  • recyclable - such that it can be made into something new and then be used again
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. Where is our plastic waste getting into? Name 2 or more examples.

  2. What do countries like the UK do to solve the plastic problem?

  3. Name 5 everyday products made with plastic.

  4. Copy the green tips to get you going.
    Try thinking of 3 more tips. Write them down too.

vrijdag 19 januari 2018

Norman Conquest

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered (geborduurd) cloth that tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It is in the news because maybe, just maybe, this famous work will leave France for the first time ever for a visit to England.
But what’s that Norman conquest all about?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • raider - person who suddenly and unexpectedly attacks a place
  • to fancy the throne - to want to sit on the throne and be king or queen
  • to give someone a good thrashing - to hit and beat them
  • mounted knight - man trained to fight as a soldier on a horse
  • to subjugate - to conquer and gain the obedience of a country
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. Where did the Normans originally come from?

  2. Why was William II mad at Harold Godwinson?

  3. Who won the Battle of Hastings?

  4. Why did the ruling classes in England have to speak French after 1066?

Extra reading and writing assignment
Watch this amazing animation of second half of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Write a short overview of the historical events depicted here.

vrijdag 12 januari 2018

Meeting Sophia

CES 2018 kicked off on January 9. CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, an international event that takes place every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the place where you can see the most fabulous innovations. Zoe Kleinman of the BBC interviewed one of the amazing inventions on display.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to relate with empathy - to listen to someone and respond in a way that shows that you understand what they are experiencing or feeling
  • to get some flack - to get some strong criticism
  • comprehension - ability to understand
  • personality - attractive qualities (such as energy, friendliness, and humor) that make someone interesting or pleasant to be with
  • profound - having or showing great knowledge or understanding
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Who or what is Sophia?

  2. Does Zoe like her job?

  3. According to Sophia, what’s the problem with the future?

Extra writing and/or speaking assignment
Think of 3 other questions to ask Sophia.
Write them down.
Alternatively, do a roleplay with a classmate. One of you is Sophia, the other one is the interviewer.
The interviewer interviews Sophia.
Switch roles.

Bonus listening assignment
You can find out more about Sophia in the following video. This is for more advanced students of English.

  1. How does Steve feel about interviewing Sophia?

  2. What answer does Sophia give when she doesn’t know something?

  3. Has Sophia seen “Black Mirror”?